2 more sleeps before our Girls In Stitches Retreat. Shirl & I have been copying, cutting & cooking all week to get ready for our big day. We are very excited to be welcoming Natalie, Gail & Melly to Warracknabeal. We know lots of the girls who have booked to come are excited too because the phone has hardly stopped the last few weeks. All the gorgeous bags are packed full of goodies & the secret projects will soon be revealed. Back to the the cutting board I must go to finish the last minute preparations.
Shirley left on Thursday afternoon all loaded up, ready for her weekend at the Mildura Craft Alive. It has been a very busy week & I did not find time to post before she left. I hope you called in to see her if you were in the area. This week we will be busy preparing for our Girls In Stitches day next Saturday. The draw at the AFL Grand Final last weekend means that I am going to be a little preoccupied at our retreat. Go the Pies.
We really did crowd too many girls into our class room, but when you have so many enthusiastic people it is hard not to disappoint anyone. Sorry to anyone who felt a bit squashed & especially to Sue who worked under the difficulty with a smile on her face all the time. The girls worked on the techniques to make the quilt Faith Hope & Love. They all had a great day & I'm sure we will see a lot more projects about using English Paper Piecing.
We had our display of Sue's beautiful projects & the wine cold, when the people began to arrive. We really had no idea how many would come to see the Trunk Show & celebrate the opening of our shop in its new location. Almost 60 girls crowded into our shop & I know they all enjoyed seeing the magnificent quilts that Sue had to show us. The girls in the country areas rarely have the opportunity to see & speak with such talented designers as Sue. We thank her very much for including us in her On The Road Again trip.
Sue, Shirley & I have had a very busy day so we are at home relaxing with a glass of wine & a pizza. Will organize photos & report later. Keep posted.
Thursday night is the official opening of our new store. Jenny, from our local paper has designed a magnificent 2 page spread. Thank you Jenny, it looks great. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to our evening & to see Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers & her Trunk Show. Sue & her husband are arriving tomorrow to spend a few days here in Warracknabeal. Our little town looks at its best at the moment with the creek full & flowing & we hope she enjoys her stay.
This week we have spoken to Mel, Gail & Natalie. They have all finished their samples & patterns & have them ready to post off to us. We are anxious to see what they have created for us. We are lucky as the secret will be revealed to us soon, but for those of you who have booked to come to the retreat will have to wait a little longer. There are still a few more vacancies, but be quick.
We welcomed the girls from Minyip for the first class in our NEW class room. After they gave their approval to the new look shop we learned a new method of making the flying geese block. As this photo was taken they did not have a lot to show for their mornings work, but hopefully they will be able to share their achievements next time they come.
Who would think that this beautiful, restful creek could threaten a town? Well, the town of Warracknabeal is on flood alert as flood waters head our way. This is the view from our patio & we love it. We have not seen this much water at our back door for 12 years as the drought has meant that the creek has been dry for most of that time. As we experienced water damage from a hail storm in our shop 2 weeks ago, our hearts go out to people who have had flood waters pass through their property.
The weather was forecast to be a wild, windy & wet day. What a perfect day to sit & sew. During the previous night we had 30mm of rain so there was a lot of water about our town. When I arrived at the class venue, 17 girls were all ready to start the class. They have a great room in the old school set up for their use. I remember this as the Science Room when I attended school there, many years ago. I hope the girls enjoyed their day. They worked very hard all day, but still had some work to do to finish their jelly roll quilts. Thank you girls for inviting us to your group.